SPEAKER BIOS

Almed Niaimi 

Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, FACOG, FACS

Dr. Al-Niaimi is the head of surgical quality outcome for the department of OBGYN and the chair of the Quality Improvement and Review committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Al-Niaimi's research interests include optimization of health outcomes, such as postoperative complications and the effect of patient medical comorbidities and surgical techniques on surgical and oncologic outcomes. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has been active in presenting research at national conferences. He is also involved in many national courses as an instructor of surgical techniques for gynecologic oncologists.

 

Tony Ambrozie 

Tony Ambrozie, MBA

Mr. Ambrozie is the senior vice president and chief digital officer at Baptist Health South Florida, where he is leading organization-wide digital transformation to optimize the patient and clinician experience. He is a proven leader in the technology and digital space with a keen focus on using technology to enhance the consumer experience. Prior to spending the past two decades focused on large business operations, he launched his technology career as the cofounder of a software development startup specializing in building unique, small business applications. Mr. Ambrozie holds a dual MBA and MS in information management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and an MS in electrical engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest.

 

Kathy Beydler

Kathy Beydler, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC

Ms. Beydler has been a perioperative nurse, manager and director for more than 30 years. She has served as the administrator of large and small surgery centers and hospitals, and is currently the principal consultant at Whitman Partners, a search firm dedicated to placing directors of surgical services in facilities nationwide. Ms. Beydler is a skilled and experienced leader with a passion for teaching perioperative professionals and achieving excellence in patient care.

 

Kim Brown

Kim Ann Brown, RN, BSN, CASC, CAIP

Kim Brown, RN, BSN, CASC, CAIP, is the ASC Director of ASC Surgical Ventures, LLC d/b/a OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart, Indiana. She is responsible for management of all aspects of the environment of care, personnel, materials/equipment, education and administrative duties as well as for planning, organizing and directing all activities of the facility according to its policies, procedures, philosophy and objectives. She participates in financial and cost-containment decisions and ensures the facility meets all related local, state, federal and accrediting-body rules and regulations. Kim coordinates and directs patient care in the facility. She started her career as a charge nurse and clinical project coordinator in a small ASC in 1997 and has continued as an ASC supervisor, peri-operative nurse, director of nursing and now as an ASC director building a new total joints surgery center.

 

Casey Duhart 

Casey Duhart, BS, M.Ed., JD

Ms. Duhart is the chief labor and employment counsel for Acadia Healthcare Company in Franklin, Tenn. In that role, she provides legal advice and counsel regarding allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge claims brought under federal and state employment laws and regulations. Ms. Duhart earned her JD, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law where she served as editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Law Review and received the Susan B. Anthony Award for academic achievement and a commitment to enhancing the legal rights of women. She holds a master’s degree in education from Armstrong Atlantic State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Landmark Baptist College.

 

Thomas Durick 

Thomas W. Durick, MD

Dr. Durick is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He specializes in outpatient anesthesia, neuroanesthesia and ambulatory surgery center administration. Previously, he was the medical director and acting administrator of a busy surgery center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has given multiple presentations about a wide range of topics, including cost containment in the operating room, quality improvement, prevention of OR fires, outpatient anesthesia specialization, prevention of complications in anesthesia and neuromuscular blockades.

 

Ann Geier 

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC

Ms. Geier has worked in the ASC industry for over 30 years and has been responsible for every aspect of financial and clinical operations in ambulatory surgery centers. She has been a surveyor for Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 2006. Currently, she is chief nursing officer for Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, which provides administrative oversight and consulting services to ambulatory surgery facilities. Her extensive clinical background is in the operating room, where she served in every capacity. She is an active member of AORN and ASCA and served on the Board of Directors of AAAHC. She is currently a member of AAAHC’s surveyor administration committee. Ms. Geier serves on the BASC board of directors and serves as president of BASC, which oversees CASC and CAIP certifications.

 

Matt Goldshore 

Matthew Goldshore, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Goldshore is the deputy director of the Center for Surgical Health at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. He is a general surgery resident at the University of Pennsylvania planning on a career in pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in biochemistry and secondary science education. After a short time teaching high school chemistry in Austin, Dr. Goldshore earned his master of public health degree at the George Washington University School of Public Health. After completion of his MPH, he started medical school at GWU, then took a leave of absence to pursue his PhD in perinatal epidemiology in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Jinlei Li 

Jinlei Li, MD, PhD

Dr. Li is an associate professor in the department of anesthesiology at Yale University and program director of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. She is a board-certified anesthesiologist who performs a range of peripheral nerve blocks for acute and subacute pain management in the perioperative arena. Dr. Li has a research interest in developing new opioid-sparing regional anesthesia protocols to facilitate faster recoveries and better functional outcomes in joint replacement patients. Her innovative work in managing post-op pain has been instrumental in advancing Yale’s outpatient total joints program.

 

Jane Lodato 

Jane Lodato

Ms. Lodato is chief of wellness for the department of surgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. She is a member of the second international cohort of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Ms. Lodato uses firsthand insights into the resilience required to manage fast-paced, high-stress environments she acquired through her previous experience in executive positions within Silicon Valley corporations.

 

Paige McMillan 

Paige McMillan, MHA

Ms. McMillan is the vice chair of administration and finance in the department of surgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Ms. McMillan is responsible for the financial operational and strategic activities of the department of surgery in support of the clinical, research and education missions of the Mount Sinai Health System. Before joining Mount Sinai, Ms. McMillan served in progressive leadership roles in The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center for more than six years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William and Mary and her Master of Health Administration from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Carrie Morales 

Carrie Morales, MD

Dr. Morales is the associate deputy director of the Center for Surgical Health at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. She is a resident in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Morales graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with majors in biology and child development and received her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. She has spent dedicated research time at the NYU Department of Population Health on an NIH stroke disparities study and as a craniofacial research fellow in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

 

Jig Patel 

Jig Patel, ST, CRCST, CHL, CIS, CER

 

Mr. Patel, who has worked in the perioperative service arena since 2004 in a wide variety of roles, currently serves as the sterile processing educator/quality assurance manager for UCLA Health in Los Angeles. He is also a part-time professor for Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif.

 

Dr. Sheri Prentiss

Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE

Dr. Sheri is a proven visionary, author and highly sought-after physician leader. She is a board certified occupational and environmental medicine physician and public health expert. As a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Sheri brings a unique perspective to her impassioned work in advocacy, preventive care and health awareness. After a partial mastectomy, a lymph node dissection, 15 rounds of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation, she was left with clinically disabling lymphedema of her right arm and hand, and she can no longer perform hands-on treatment of patients. Despite it all, she has increased her service to patients in unprecedented ways including her tenure as Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day National Spokesperson.

 

Lee Rubin 

Lee Rubin, MD, FAAOS, FAAHKS, FAOA

Dr. Rubin is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of the division of adult reconstruction within the department of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also chief of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care’s total joint replacement program at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rubin performs more than 300 hip and knee replacements annually, caring for patients with a wide array of joint pathology and disease complexity. He is an active member and fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association.

 

Julia Scotti

Julia Scotti

Ms. Scotti is a nationally touring comedian and motivational speaker with more than four decades of on-stage experience and television appearances on Comedy Central, Showtime and NBC. She was a quarterfinalist on the eleventh season of “America’s Got Talent” and a fan favorite whose three appearances on the show currently have more than a million views each on NBC’s YouTube channel. Ms. Scotti is currently starring in the critically acclaimed documentary “Julia Scotti: Funny that Way,” a film that just wrapped up a successful national film festival tour. A former teacher, Ms. Scotti’s motivational speaking strikes a perfect balance between heartfelt honesty, emotional and empathetic understanding, and hilarious observational comedy. One of the most moving and engaging speakers on the circuit, she talks bluntly about what it’s like to be different and how to find the resilience to overcome even the most seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

 

Dr. David Shapiro 

David Shapiro, MD, CASC

Dr. Shapiro is an anesthesiologist from Florida who has had extensive experience serving as a department chair, medical director and board member of several ambulatory surgery centers. He currently serves on the boards of both the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) and is a past president of ASCA. Additionally, he is a Board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Collaboration, which develops, measures and publicly reports national ASC quality data. Dr. Shapiro is also a board member and officer of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), an organization for which he conducts healthcare facility surveys on behalf of AAAHC and Medicare. He serves on the board of the Facility Guidelines Institute and participates as a member of their Health Guidelines Review Committee.

 

Nancy Shipley 

Nancy Yen Shipley, MD

Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley, aka NancyMD, is a board-certified, sports fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and the team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team. In addition to running her successful practice, Dr. Shipley is an avid podcaster and host of “The 6%,” a podcast dedicated to women who thrive in traditionally male dominated fields. She is also a writer and speaker who is passionate about helping women level up their personal and professional lives from good to genius, as a creator and curator of engaging written, video and live content.

 

Ashish Sinha 

Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, DABA, MBA, FASA

Dr. Sinha is a professor of anesthesiology at Loma Linda University & Riverside University Medical Center in Southern California. He is also an adjunct full professor at University of California Riverside. His research interests include obesity, medical errors, trauma, PONV and difficult airway management. Dr. Sinha currently serves on the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board and has participated in the OR Excellence Conference in past years. He is a high-volume publisher and a prolific national and international speaker with more than 600 CME lectures delivered in 60 countries on six continents.

 

Dennis Snow 

Dennis Snow

Mr. Snow began his career at the Walt Disney World organization in 1979 as a frontline attractions operator. As he advanced through the company, he learned and applied the skills needed to run a world-class, service-driven organization. Mr. Snow launched a division of the Disney Institute responsible for consulting with some of the world’s largest companies. He also spent several years with Disney University, teaching corporate philosophy and business practices to cast members and the leadership team. While there, he coordinated the Disney Traditions program, which is universally recognized as a benchmark in corporate training. In his last year with Walt Disney World, Dennis’ leadership performance ranked in the top 3% of the executive team. Mr. Snow is now a full-time consultant who helps organizations achieve goals related to customer service, employee development and leadership.

 

RaDonda Vaught 

RaDonda Vaught

RaDonda Vaught is a former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. When Ms. Vaught was convicted and criminally charged in March 2022 for a fatal medication error, the case made national news and shocked the healthcare community. Healthcare professionals were worried that the criminalization of medical mistakes would impact the transparency needed to discuss errors and prevent future patient harm. Ms. Vaught is currently meeting with Tennessee lawmakers to promote the passage of legislation that would grant healthcare providers immunity from prosecution when revealing medical mistakes and discussing the root causes of these events.